Gauda is a 71-year-old grandmother from Nyaruhanga village. Gauda stays with one grandchild who lost both their parents. Gauda was lucky to benefit from the revolving fund given to her granny group. She was able to borrow 300,000UGX (84.45USD) and use it to start a retail business in a trading Centre. Gauda always had a dream of starting a retail shop to sell items like food (fruits, soft drinks and some dry crops like beans, peas and ground nuts) and household goods. This type of small and easier going business is ideal for Gauda since she is older in age and suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. Gauda’s business keeps her active since she no longer has the physical ability to do gardening on her own, but she is able to utilize casual laborers in her garden to plant crops like maize, beans and ground nuts on a small scale. The continuation of her garden provides food for her family and also allows her to sell any extras in her retail shop. Gauda is able to repay her loan using the income she gets from her small coffee garden.
Thank you for helping make Gauda’s dream a reality!
Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty).
On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move.
In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives.
Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students
Providing health care via our community clinics
Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
Providing access to educational materials and library books.
Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
Distributing emergency food supplies
From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!
71-year-old Kellen lives with her two biological grandchildren whose mother died after many years of battling an illness. To help care for her grandchildren, Kellen was able to benefit from microfunds. Thanks to the funds her granny group received, Kellen was able to borrow 500,000 Ugandan Shillings ($141.07) that she used to start a retail business in her community’s trading center. Kellen always had a dream of starting a small retail shop to sell produce and charcoal since finding firewood in her community was a big challenge to many. After some consideration, Kellen decided to start her small retail shop and only sell charcoal because she was not able to physically keep an active farm. The success of her business has allowed her to repay her loan ontime and the rent where she operates her retail shop. Kellen doesn’t regret anything since starting her business!
Our grandmothers are feeling so much love and appreciation. In December, over 200 grandmothers received 135 liter water harvesting tanks! We have a strong belief in ensuring our community has access to clean water to keep them safe and healthy. In addition to providing harvesting tanks, over the last 20 years, we’ve also built and maintained two gravity-fed water systems that serve thousands of families and reduce the spread of preventable waterborne illnesses.
In December, grandmothers also received their lunches from the grandmother focused fundraiser we held in September in celebration of Jackson's 50th birthday. Our goal was to make each of our grandmothers feel appreciated by treating them to lunch. Since the mandatory closing of our schools, due to COVID-19, almost eleven months ago, some of our grandmothers have been caring for as many as six grandchildren on their own 24/7 while managing their small businesses.
We are so grateful for your support because we reached our goal of making our grandmothers feel appreciated. Our grandmothers continuously feel your support in spite of the distance between you.
Roselia is a 74-year-old grandmother from the Rukungiri District where she was born and raised. After Roselia was married, she was blessed with ten children, but unfortunately seven have since then died. Roselia now cares for two young grandchildren ages 10 and 7. She became the sole caregiver for both children after the children’s mother and father passed away just three years apart.
Roselia’s home was in no condition for herself let alone a family. She had a kitchen that leaked and threatened to collapse on her and her grandchildren. Fortunately, before that could happen, her name was put forward by her granny group members to receive a newly built kitchen.
Since then, Roselia has received her safe new kitchen and she is a very happy grandmother. She is grateful to Nyaka and to her granny group.
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